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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Parker Scott




I can't believe Parker is almost six weeks old, and I have yet to find the time to blog about his birth, and amazing life he is living! So forgive me for my delay! Have 2 under 2 can leave you with little time to eat, much less a chance to sit down and "journal"!!


Parker Scott made his entrance at 11:52 p.m on August 18th, 2011. He weighed in at a whopping 8 pounds 15 ounces, and was a height of 22.5 inches long. I wish I could tell you that it was this perfect, amazing birth that I will look back on lovingly for the rest of my life.

I had decided that week to go ahead with an induction. I felt discouraged for "giving" into this temptation, but the fact remained that I was completely, utterly, miserable. I had been dialated about 4 centimeters for almost 2 weeks, on and off bleeing, lost my mucus plug, painful contractions that would pick up and stop, and swelling that was so painful I couldn't make a fist and was barely able to pick up Lena. Suffice to say my body was taking a MAJOR beating.

The doctor kept assuring me that he wasn't a "big" baby, but my gut was telling me something else. There was no way that I was feeling him up as high, and down as low as I was if he was just as big as his older sister. Anyways after weeks of utter pregnant misery I caved and scheduled an induction. I gave myself about another week after I scheduled one for my body to kick in on it's own....it didn't!

We arrived at the hospital around 6:30 that morning and since I had done a preregistration we were quickly taken back and set up in a delivery room. I'd been contracting all morning, but was so used to it that I didn't think much of it. They were reading about every 6 or so minutes apart, but nothing ever intensified or picked up.

They started me on the pitocin around 9:45ish. It didn't take long for the contractions to set in. About an hour or so later I started to really feel pressure. The contractions hurt, but they weren't agonizing...my mom so kindly informed me that my contractions were only reading about a 40...and they needed to get to a 100 before it was all said and done! LoL after informing her that I wasn't in a good mood and didn't need them telling me what did and did not hurt...she decided to take a walk...aka get away from my bad attitude! (and trust me, when I am in labor...or going through anything for that matter...it's better to just back off and leave me be. If I need ya, I'll tell ya!!)

I had already told them I wanted the epidural. After my last delivery I didn't want to risk any more pain than necessary. I decided to goempty my bladder before the doctor showed up with the "good meds". It took me a minute to get up, and get to the bathroom, and at this point my contractions were just a few minutes apart. I can't even describe to you the way they felt. With Lena I remember this HORRIBLE period like cramp down through my legs. This time around they were different. They were concentrated in my "woman parts" and felt like I was trying to hold a bowling ball inside...literally.

So I tell my nurse the type of pain I'm having. She wants to check me, but they are here with the epidural and we decide to wait till after my line is in place. The epidural was the hardest part. Having to sit still when all you want to do is pace around the floor...and I had been....was no fun. Not to mention once she got it in, she decided it needed to be redone. UGH!! They were absolutely wonderful and gentle with me and worked amazing around my contractions...waiting for my go ahead each time before moving to the next step.

After the "test dosage" my nurse checks me. Yup...fully dialated, and was already fully effaced when we got there..so it was go time! Basically I labored without any sort of drug, and am not sure teh pitocin really did a whole lot...maybe sped it up a bit, but hey I had already felt like I was in labor for weeks.

So an hour after starting the induction, I was ready to push. Pushing went great, until that small dose of pain medicine kicked in...it took a minute to get my groove back. About 45 minutes later his head was out...and this is where the story turns. Parker just stopped coming out...he had shoulder dystocia, aka he got stuck.

At this point all I remember is the nurse pushing mom away, my doctor jumping up out of her seat, and everyone YELLING at me to just push and don't stop. Next thing I know, Dr. Booth is literally elbows deep in me just pulling, tugging, twisting, whatever she can do to get him loose.

I can vividly remember thinking, what if they don't get him out...what are we going to do. I'm positve I prayed through the grunts, and what felt like forever later, he was out. Dr. Booth yelled for the respiratory doctor. At this point my heart stopped. "what is wrong with my baby" "please dear God let him be ok"...these kept going through my mind over and over. I don't think I had any sense of readable emotion until they told me he was okay. At that point I just broke down and cried...babyless, layed up alone on a table. When mom and Josh saw this, they were immediately at my side hugging, kissing, reassuring me.

Eventually my uncontrollable sobbing calmed down and they placed my "little dumpling" in my arms. 8 pounds, 15 ounces...he was almost 2 pounds and 2 inches bigger than his sister was...but like his sister he was absolutely perfect!!

After two scary deliveries I am blessed to have two beautiful, healthy children. Parker has completely turned my world upside down, and they both teach me something new daily, but that's an etirely different blog!

For now I will quit this memory rambling!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Waiting Game....Again!!

By far the hardest part of pregnancy, for me, is waiting around for labor to begin. Lena was born EXACTLY on her due date. Well, actually she just barely made it, by arriving at about 11:52. I didn't have any sort of "warning" that labor was coming. I had been dilated 2 cm and 50 % effaced for weeks. I hadn't experienced any real contractions (well, not including the couple I got while watching a crazy Cats game) I vividly remember sitting in bed....on the computer...at midnight...when I felt my first true contraction. There was no doubt in my mind that this was "it". And sure enough they steadily came every 15-20 minutes all night. They grew more painful, and closer together, and when I saw red, I made my way to the hospital.

Parker's story, not so much. When I went for my 37 week checkup, I was already miserable. I had cleaned the entire morning, and my back was aching like no other. I didn't get my hopes up for much of anything. However, when I heard the words 3-4cm and 50-70 % effaced I thought "WHAT"!!! Dr. Croce seemed certain I would go into labor by the weekend. And while I knew that the doctor's can only make a "prediction", I was hopeful. My checkup sent my body completely out of wack. The usual spotting, cramping, contracting, followed my the loss of my plug had me extremely hopeful. Again, not so much. This misery went on for DAYS followed by days of NOTHING!!! I think I have had about 4 or 5 different instances where I thought, this is it. I kid you not, there were a couple of times my contractions hurt so bad, I couldn't get out of bed. But, alas, they eased up and still no baby!

So the waiting has been much harder this time around. Actually it's not so much the waiting part, as it is the fake out. Let me be clear....these so called "false contractions" can HURT! And I'm having them so often now, that I don't even get excited anymore. I just chalk it up to my little prankster and go about my business. Hopefully I don't sit around ignoring them and end up having a baby in the back seat of Bertha! LoL

Needless to say, I am ready. I hope Parker is too. Maybe all this pain and agony won't be a waste of time and labor will go fast. (I won't hold my breath) Did I mention that my hormones have me feeling extremely negative these days...Ugh!! :0)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

37 weeks!!

Sorry, I don't know what happened to week 36...it just came and went!! hmmmm....



Total weight gain/loss: holding steady!

Maternity clothes? Yes!!!

Stretch marks? Just the few!!

Sleep: I have learned to live without it

Best moment this week: Too many to list!!

Movement: Yes, but he's calmed down the last day or two!


Food cravings: Nope, just hungry!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Oh yes! We are in our home stretch! I found out today that I am 3/4 centimeters dialated, head is at -1 ( i thin kthat's right), and between 50/70 percent effaced!! I was in utter shock to hear this news! I knew I had been feeling "different" the last few days, bursts of energy, sickness, and a LOT of heavy pressure, but I had no clue my body was doing so much work! Since my checkup I have paid more attention to my contractions! They are fairly regular, and strong, but don't exactly hurt!! Hopefully the little guy gives us some "warning" time to get down to the hospital!! Could be any day now....or next week! You just never know!!

Belly Button in or out? Out, period!!

Wedding rings on or off? Still off...I miss them! :0(

What I miss: sleep, and sleep, and sleep, and sleep....did I mention sleep!!??

What I am looking forward to: Meeting Mr. Parker!! Won't be long!!

Weekly Wisdom: You can prepare as much as you want, but you will still have a sense of "panic" when you know it's really going down!! So just relax and enjoy it all as best you can!

Milestones: Parker could be here at any moment now!! WHAAAAT!!??

Monday, July 25, 2011

This is it....!!!

Don't worry! No I am not currently sitting in labor and delivery awaiting the arrival of our precious Parker! But I have reached that pinnacle part of pregnancy where every ache and pain makes you want to haul hiney to triage!! My poor family! I have more aches and pains to whine about than any human being should be allowed...

I'll be honest! I really did believe that labor was starting the night before last. I had ran to the grocery to get a few things, after taking a bit of a nap. Before I left I told Josh I was a bit crampy, and thought maybe if I got up and out I'd feel a bit better. Thus an impromtu grocery run...(ps I LOVE LOVE LOVE grocery shopping, so does Joshua) Anywho, back to the real story!! While walking around I noticed my back and stomach really starting to ache. It was seriously becoming so bad that walking like a normal human being was a challenge.

After walking around the store to get the few items I came for (plus a cart full of stuff we didn't need, but looked good haha) I headed home. Josh had made some AMAZING sausage and krauts! I know to most of you that sounds gross, but it was delicious and I must say it put Schmidts to shame! Unfortunately thought it took a while for my too eat. My stomach continued this cramping nonsense...all through that night.

Nothing ever came of it (obviously) and I remember a couple of times thinking to myself "I should really get up, shower, and shave"!! hahaha I even called my mom and talked to her about it.

Ever since that night I have had a crazy persistent back ache, and some intense contractions. Again, no pattern, nothing getting worse, and no other sign of impending labor, but every time I feel my tummy tighten...I think "this is it!! Here we go...HOLY CRAP!"

I am sure it will happen the one day my house isn't picked up, Lena and I are pajama lounging, and Josh is stuck in meetings unable to get to his phone!! Don't worry, I'll let you know when it does happen!! :0)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

There's this thing...

Called nesting!! And boy oh boy is mama bear nesting!! I absolutely do not remember this phase at all when I was pregnant with Lena! All I ever wanted to do was lay around and nap!! I feel like I slept through that entire pregnancy!! I can seriously remember just being miserable in my last month, feeling soo ridiculously huge and disgusting, and just wanting to curl up with a box of donuts and cry!! LoL

This time around, all I can think about is cleaning!! I seriously clean...ALL THE FLIPPING TIME!!! It drives me nutso' when I vacuum, and can't see the lines in the carpet...which has resulted in vacuuming more than once a day! I'm pretty sure I've cleaned the fridge 3 times now, though I'm sure you can't tell it, organized both the kiddo's closets, scrub the bathrooms....DAILY, sweep, mop...you name it, Ima doing it!! It's ridiculous, but I can't stop! Even when I hit a wall and just need to lay down for a nap, all I can think about are the dog gone lines that have vanished from my carpet! I've even made a "cleaning to do" list for my MIL who will be staying here while I am in the hospital to help Josh out!! I'm terrified that all this nesting will go to waste when I'm not here!! Yes folks...I have officially checked in to looney town!!

On the upside, my house is clean...including all of our laundry! Did I mention I have done laundry constantly as well!! I think a lot of this has been due in part to the knowing that I have Lena now, so I know that when I come home I will have a small amount of "free time" if any!!

I might be driving my husband insane as well!! He actually looked at me the other night while I was trying to relax in a bubble bath, and asked me why I had been so hormonal lately!! LoL I laughed, looked down at the ginormous island of a belly sticking out of the water, and replied "really....you can't figure it out for yourself"!!!

Yeah, so I've just been nesting away! And when I'm not nesting, or attending to the daily things one needs to do to stay alive (ie eat and sleep) I'm consumed with lists! The to do list, grocery list, to buy list, Christmas list (no, I'm not joking)

So maybe all this craziness means that Parker will be here soon, and I can start to get a small bit of my normal mind back!! Or as close to normal as one can be with two kids under the age of two!! We shall see!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

35 Weeks!!

Total weight gain/loss: I've gained about 25 pounds...eek!

Maternity clothes? Yes!!!

Stretch marks? Just the few!!

Sleep: Not so much!! Still uncomfortable....Lena is cutting one more tooth...my acid is sickening (literally makes me sick)...I pee-A LOT...just the usual, you know!

Best moment this week: Every moment is a blessing!

Movement: Yes, this baby is sooo strong, and I'm afraid he's going to be a biggen!! Dr. Croce said that I am measuring small, but he is certaintly not a small baby!! I tend to just carry low!


Food cravings: Not really...a burger sounds good, but I wouldn't say I am "craving" it!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Some much stronger contracting going on! I had one at my appointment while Dr. Croce was measuring me- I think it caught her by surprise! haha Still a ton of pressure...it seriously feels like he could just fall out!! Still some nesting!! My house is pretty clean these days!!

Belly Button in or out? Both...in when I lay down, out when I stand up! And both when I laugh...it pops in and out! Josh finds this hillarious!!

Wedding rings on or off? Still off...I miss them! :0(

What I miss: Touching my toes!! LoL

What I am looking forward to: Meeting Mr. Parker!! Won't be long!!

Weekly Wisdom: Do what you can now....you won't have time once babe arrives!! :0)

Milestones: We are officially in our last month of pregnancy!! We now go to the Dr. every week!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

34 Weeks!

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure! I am supposed to have an appointment this week, but rescheduled it for next Monday so Josh can help with Lena!! She's really impossible during those visits! LoL

Maternity clothes? Yes!!!

Stretch marks? Just the few!!

Sleep: Not enough! Sleep literally hurts! I just can not get comfortable....I'm tossing, turning, getting on our couch in the bedroom to prop up...nothing works!

Best moment this week: Getting some much needed cleaning and organizing done!! I also got mine and Parker's hospital bag packed!! The boy has more outfits than Lena did...I swear! My mother and I have a serious shopping problem when it comes to these babies!! LoL

Movement: Yes, sometimes they hurt!! Its reassuring to know he's so strong though! :0)

Food cravings: No...I'm hungry a lot, but just don't have enough room to eat like I would like to!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Still BH...pressure...tons of nesting...little bit of sickness!! All part of the game

Belly Button in or out? Both...in when I lay down, out when I stand up!

Wedding rings on or off? Still off, I haven't even attempted to put them on

What I miss: Letting Lena Belle sleep on my chest! She still wants, and tries to, but it's not comfy for any of us!! :0(

What I am looking forward to: Meeting my little man! I daydream constantly about what he will be like. Will he have his sister's head full of hair, and non stop independent personality, or will he be my little snuggle bunny!!!

Weekly Wisdom: Getting ready is soo overrated! LoL Lena nad I have spent the last days in our PJs...(don't worry we showered, just may have forgotten to fix our hair!!)

Milestones: Bags packed and ready to go!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

33 weeks!

Total weight gain/loss: I've gained about 22 pounds!!

Maternity clothes? Yuppers...and I plan on wearing them if need be until I lose weight!! I refuse to spend anymore money on clothes I can only wear for a short period of time!

Stretch marks? a few on top of the old! So whatevs!!

Sleep: Very little!! I've started needing a daily nap again! Which may or may not happen depending on Lena's sleep!

Best moment this week: Visiting my parents and brother and Katie Beth in Ohio was definitely a highlight! We had soo much fun! Lena got to go to the zoo for the first time! She absolutely loved it! I was soo proud at how she acted for it to be the hottest, most humid day ever!! I really think she enjoyed herself! So did we! I love watching her experience things for the first time! Even if I did swell up like a balloon!! (no really...it was bad, I couldn't even make a fist by the end of the day) I also have to mention that we are almost completely prepared for Mr. Parker. Well as prepared as you can be for a newborn! We went on a shopping spree with the giftcards we got from Josh's wonderful coworkers, and loaded him up on some good stuff!!

Movement: yes, but he's running out of room...and my tummy is stretched to it's limits!

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Still BH. I'm also having some crazy pressure and pains down south. I asked the Dr. to check his position last week and he confirmed (as best as he could) that he's head down, and by my symptoms dropping and engaging. He had me take my records with me on vacay just in case!! He did say that with me being as far along as I am if I did go into labor they wouldn't hold me off too long!! It's a bit nerve wrecking, but Parker and I have discussed it and he has agreed to give mommy atleast 4 more weeks to finish her to do list!! ;0)


Belly Button in or out? Both...in when I lay down, out when I stand up!

Wedding rings on or off? To my dismay...off!! I can't even get them over the nuckle now! I was so swollen this weekend that even my watch and pearl ring were too snug for comfort!! I'm not liking this, but everything looks fine (ie blood pressure, etc) and I drink water like it's nobody's business, so I guess it's just something I will have to toughen out till Dday. Did I mention that even my flip flops are a bit snug!

What I miss: Sleep, not being soo achy all the time, and just having energy in general! But it's all soo worth it!

What I am looking forward to: Finishing my to do list and feeling like I am truly prepared for Parker to be here!

Weekly Wisdom: Pregnant women deserve a foot rub...nightly!! :0)

Milestones: Parker settling into the heads down position!! He's getting ready!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

32 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: ENOUGH! LoL, I have actually put on the exact amount with Parker as I did with Lena! Granted I started a bit heavier the second time around...but I am also much more toned this pregnancy than last...so whatever right!!??

Maternity clothes? Yes, and Yes!! I finally gave in a week ago and bought some maternity shorts (actually Josh's Stepmommy got them for my bday) I had been wearing my prepreggo bottoms with a belly band, but that was getting a bit ridiculous! LoL

Stretch marks? I have a few new ones, but they are really just on top of the old ones! Josh still loves me, so it's all good! LoL

Sleep: Horrible!! I am sooo hot at night, and soo uncomfortable! Not to mention Lena's still trying to break those stinking teeth through, and has taken comfort in sleeping on Mommy and Parker!!

Best moment this week: As exhausting as company can be, it's been great having family in and out of town! I've gotten several things done I've been putting off, plus some much needed nap time has been gained!! Oh and did I mention Lena pooped in her potty!!?? I wasn't with her, Josh was, but he was soo proud, it was cute, and gross at the same time! LoL Needless to say I think we will be investing in pullups and really cracking down on our training after we go see mom and dad!! Wouldn't it be great if she was out of diapers when Parker got here LoL (I shant hold my breath)

Movement: Tons, and it can be extremely uncomfortable!

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Lots of BH still!! I've also noticed some pressure/pain in my lower body, and a tailbone that is constantly aching! I'm not sure if he is still breach or not, or if hes getting into his head down position....


Belly Button in or out? Both...in when I lay down, out when I stand up!

Wedding rings on or off? Sadly they are off!! I can still get them on, but my swelling comes and goes and I am terrified they will get stuck on me! So I just decided to take them off while it's still safe! I wear the beautiful pearl/diamond ring my parents gave me for my wedding day on that finger now!

What I miss: Sleep...like that good deep, wake up refreshed sleep!

What I am looking forward to: Visiting my parents and brother and Katie Beth!! Hopefully the doctor clears me for travel tomorrow!!

Weekly Wisdom: Listen to your body...rest if you need to, or heck just want too!

Milestones: With Lena...our potty success story! With Parker...we are just about 4/5 weeks out from full term!! WHAT!!??

Monday, June 20, 2011

31 weeks!!

So I haven't done a pregnancy survey in a while!! Life has taken hold and hopefully I will have a before/after post on some of the house projects that have been consuming our time!! I am going to do a different survey this week..it's one I ran across while reading my surveys with Lena in comparing my two births....


Name: Ashley Belle
Birthdate: 06/06/1986
Current Age: 25
Height: 5'8"
Weight before pregnancy: We won't discuss!! I still had a bit of baby fat to lose with Lena!! ;0)

Current Weight: Still...it's a sore subject for me!

Partner's Name: Joshua Scott

Partner's Birthdate: 12/13/1985

Partner's Age: 25

Partner's Height: 5'10"

Partner's Weight before pregnancy: NO clue

Partner's Current Weight: No clue, but he has moved up a size in jeans since this whole marriage and kids thing!!
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When did you find out your were pregnant? I, personally, knew about a week or so after Thanksgiving, but we didn't have a positive on the test for a few more weeks!!!

What was your reaction? Total excitement!! We hadn't really decided to "try", but were beginning to feel that we wanted our kids close in age!!

Who did you tell first about the pregnancy? Joshua!! I took the positive test outside to show him while he was working on the yard! LoL, he laughed and told me not to get my hopes up, it was still early!! I just smiled and said no, you're wrong, I am pregnant!

Date of Conception? The week or so after Thanksgiving!!

Due Date? August 22.

Was the pregnancy planned? Yes, and no, it's hard to explain.

How did your parents react? I don't really remember!! I know we told my family and Josh's dad/stepmom on skype!! I'm sure they were happy, but their reactions were not nearly as commical as they were the first time around!

How did your partner's parents react? "see above"

Did you go to the doctor yet? Yuppers.

Did you have your first ultrasound? Yes, I have had several

Do you know the sex? Boy or Girl? Baby Boy

How is the baby's movement? He moves constantly.

How is the baby's heartbeat? It was in the 140s last week!

Baby's name? Parker Scott McCombs.

Who do you think the baby will look like? I am sure he will be just as perfect as his big sister!!

Mom to be's favorite foods? Any and Everything!! I've reached that point in pregnancy where you are just hungry...period!

Mom to be's latest cravings? I don't really have any cravings!!

Mom to be's latest "mom" moment? With an almost 15 month old running around, my day's are FULL of mom moments!

What was the first change you noticed in your body? This time was different! I wasn't nearly as sick...although I did have morning sickness...and my body really didn't look any different until sometime between four and five months! Then I just suddenly had this MASSIVE tummy!!
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What was the latest change in your body? Just a big ole belly really!! I work out almost daily, and can tell a bit of firming up in my arms and buttocks...hopefully that really pays off after delivery!

What is your sleep schedule? What's sleep?? Between the regular discomforts of gaining almost 20 pounds, having to pee constantly, and a teething toddler....sleep is a foreign word in this house

What is your work schedule? Stay at home mommy's work 24/7
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What is the last thing you bought for the baby? hmmm probably Christmas gifts...lots of toys!
What was the last thing you bought for yourself? Clothes for now, and some for after birth, earrings...mani pedi! I am definitely spoiling myself a bit more this time around!

Planned birth place? Hospital!!.

Who will be in the room with you? Joshua for sure...I hope!! He is planning on going to FL for a couple of days, and if that happens I will be in Ohio at my parents!! I'm terrified something will happen (i'll be about 34 weeks) and he won't be there!! Hopefully it all goes amazing like last time and we are able to be home, and have my mom in there with us!! If no one else is here, however, she will be taking care of Lena!

Are you going to use drugs? Probably. I know a LOT of people are really against the epidural, but I had an AMAZING delivery last time, and am crazy thankful I had the epi...esp after everything that happened after the delivery! God knows what you need! Just go into it trusting him, and the team of Dr's that you chose!!

How do you think you will react? No idea!! I was really hyper with Lena...well after the drugs kicked in!! I just ate my jello, drake my water, and talked non stop! I should have napped, but the excitement of it all was just too much to handle!! I think I will have some anxiety about not having Lena with me...I hate being away from her. And the obvious fears and praying that all will be ok...plus the excitement of my little boy arriving!! It's hard to say which emotion will take over!

How do you think your partner will react? No clue! He was really analitical with Lena! Had to know how it all worked...was right next to the Dr watching every move!! I don't know when the emotion really set in for him!! We will see what happens now that he's been through it before!

Have you started birthing classes? nope, don't plan to! I did this about a year ago, and feel pretty well educated on all of my choices, and decisions to be made! Plus I am not a shy patient...nothing is off limits to ask when it comes to doctors!! I like to be informed!!

What is the nursery theme? Antique baseball! It's super cute and I can't wait to have it done!

Are you going to breastfeed? Oh yes! I hated when I quit with Lena, but am praying things go more my way this time!! I am looking forward to that one on one time with him.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!!






Hope your day was as amazing as ours!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Misc..and Lena update!



I realize that since this pregnancy I haven't been keeping up with my blogging. It's one of those things I have let take a backseat to raising a toddler, and baking another one in my belly!! I find that with my down time these days I tend to go more for the shower, a nap, or nourishment!! And trust me, free time is few and far between since Lena has cut out her morning nap! I also feel that my blogging is lacking a sense of purpose. I started out to keep my family (8 hours away) informed, but to be honest we live pretty normal, boring lives! And while I find the antics of my 15 month old absolutely, ridiculously, adorable, I realize that not everyone will share in this sentiment. So I am looking at starting a new blog...I've been going back and forth with this idea for some while now, and feel that once we get all of our household "to dos" done, I am going to go for it!! I'll keep you updated....


On another note...life at this household has been pretty normal. Lena is learning and growing every single day. It's so amazing to get to stay home and watch her grow. I couldn't imagine missing anything from this first year. It also breaks my heart at the same time. Granted I'm pregnant, which calls for crying atleast once a day, but I also find myself sitting down and watching our hospital videos, or going through her picture with a sappy song in the background, tears a-flowin'! Why do I do that to myself!?

She has become so independent lately! Something I can remember desperately wanting...and now wishing I could go back. She does not like mommy and daddy to feed her. She insists on doing it herself. This usually results in more on the floor and in her hair. We have also gone potty a couple of times. We aren't really trying to train her, but since the "poop fiasco" we thought we'd give it a try and see what happens. Some days it goes well, others not so much. So we will just take it slow and see what happens!! (I will say she loves to flush her potty, it sings and daddy has recorded a nice little congratulatory message on there- I think it's creepy but she LOVES it!!)

I can also really see her starting to use her imagination. My parents bought her a playhouse while they were watching her a couple of weeks ago. I love to see her go in it, shut the door, clean something off in her sink, sit at the table, talk on the phone...it's adorable! And I can just see those little wheels turning! We also are enjoying reading more. She has a pretty short attention span, so we may only get through a few pages, but hey whatever!! And she is def. my kid in that she ADORES the television. I swear she could watch Toy Story over, and over, and over. She even knows when her favorite parts are coming!! (note we only really watch any kind of tv when it's time to eat, or we are trying to nap)

Our communication is getting better also. She can't always tell you what she wants, but if you ask the right question she will let you know with a simple "yeah". This has come in handy when she needs a diaper change, but I'd really rather not stick my nose in her bum to be sure!! Have I menioned how adorable she is with babies?? I'm not sure how this came about...be it from me teaching her to be sweet to the dog and her baby dolls, or being around little ones for a few weeks in her music class. But it's almost as if she knows they are fragile. She will hug, and kiss on them, and is genuinely worried when they cry. I guess I also have to chalk it up to her nature. She can throw little fits when she's really tired, or doesn't feel well, but generally speaking she is a sweetie. I can't tell you how many times a day she walks over to me just for a hug or kiss. Or the numerous times she grabs a sippy and just comes over to cuddle in mommy's lap for a moment. That is what I live for!!

Needless to say, our baby is slowly becoming a little girl. Even her haircut is past the point of infant. She is ALL girl...we love our purses, dolls, shoes, and anything just pretty. But she has also become a bit more of a daddy's girl...living for the moment when he gets home during the day!! We are loving every second of this little life. I can not WAIT to see her and Parker grow and learn together!

I truly pray that they love and lean on one another. There is no more amazing relationship than that of a sibling. It's having a best friend that will love you and be there for you despite all of your flaws and mistakes....what a blessing!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Failing...but I can do it!

I could feel the tears welling up inside as my face turned a bright red. We were at Target, and again Lena was not happy. Her screaming was echoing through the aisles and I could sense the glares of other shoppers. What was wrong with her...she had milk, juice, 3 different kind of snacks, toys, and a mother who was willing do ANYTHING to get her to just stop screaming. It wasn't long until I realized she wanted a bottle, the one thing I didn't pack since we are trying to completely wean her from them. So I threw a pack in the cart. It was there in the baby aisle that I called Josh at work with my meltdown.

I was basically insisting that he leave work now. I had drove 30/45 minutes to Mooresville (where his work is located) just so he could meet me after to help load the groceries in the car. What was I thinking? Of course he can't just go to his boss and explain that his overly hormonal, pregnant wife, was having a meltdown at Target and it was urgent that he left. I knew this. I think what I was needing to hear was..."it's ok, you're a great mom..."!! Instead I got..."Ashley I can't leave work, just go home"!!

GO HOME!!???

I just packed up Lena's room, got her ready, me ready, battled the 98 degree weather, and drove our butts 45 minutes across town!! I am NOT going home empty handed. So I ran through the aisles, with a semi-happy baby (she had found her yogurt snacks, but they were quickly being devoured) trying to beat the crying I knew was about to ensue.
After getting the car, pouring her milk out of sippy into the 3 dollar bottle, I sat in the car and cried. It wasn't long before the four ounces of milk were in her tummy and the screaming began again. I had tried to call my mom for some sort of reassurance, but all I got was a "I don't know what to tell you, I'm at the hospital and can't talk"!! Another fail, I'd forgotten about my Grandmother's surgery.
We drove the 45 minutes back home, both welled up with tears and utter exhaustion. "I can't do this...I have a hard enough time handling one baby when I am out, what am I going to do when that number doubles...and it's two on one" My brain was nothing short of an enemy during that long drive. I was filled with thoughts of complete failure:

"My husband doesn't like me-and for good reason, he's definitely not getting the attention a husband deserves, my house is a mess, the laundry is piled up, my roots look horrible, I haven't had a haircut in months, there's nothing to eat in the house, I forgot the milk, theres a bag of day old dirty diapers stenching up the baby room....SERIOUSLY!!!!!"

Finally making it home, I got Lena stripped, changed, and into an empty pack n play, where I gave her an organic food pouch (one of the few things I successfully got) a fresh bottle of milk, and a sippy of juice, turned on Toy Story, and cried on the couch!!
During that time Josh called, twice, the second time he was greeted with my "what do you want"!! Poor guy, why do I do that! I don't want to yell at him, I don't want to be mean, but it's like this verbal puke that I just can't control, and I HATE myself for it, which isn't helping my self imposed loathing right now- not to mention he's not one of those husbands who realizes I am a hormonal preggo, instead he takes EVERYTHING personally and what develops is an argument based on nothing!! He asks if I need anything, and I blurt out milk (forget the bread, or nourishment for ourselves, atleast our baby will survive)
So I cry, and pity myself, while Lena gladly devours her pouch and bottle, enjoying her movie (of which I am positive by now she can entirely quote) I didn't see any glimmer of light until later that evening! We were all upstairs playing in Lena's toy area...well Josh was napping (I'm pretty sure I resented him for this) when Lena brought over her babydoll highchair, reached out her hands to me, and say "peez" (please) A word I had been attempting with her for sometime now, and she had just used it, correctly. A short lived smile came across my face and I thought...I can do this! I'm not always told I am good mother, I do 90 percent of the work on my own, I don't have my mom's lap to run to and cry everytime something goes wrong (she lives 8 hours away) I am tired, irritable, irrational, unmanicured, and seriously lacking in patience, but everyday my child learns something new because of me!!

I don't get job reviews that let me know I am doing everything right, or a paycheck to measure my worth, and very few thank you's ever embrace my ears, but my days are filled with hugs, kisses, cuddles, and amazement at this life I've created!! I can TOTALLY do this!! If only I could focus more on that stuff when my hormones take rage on my thoughts!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

27 Weeks!!!





Total weight gain/loss: Between 10/15 pounds...not sure! Some days it's up due to some swelling and all that fun stuff!! And I've worked out like CRAZY this time around, so I'm going to call alot of that muscle...lol if just for my own sake!

Maternity clothes? Yup, still wearing prepreggo shorts though thanks to my beband!!

Stretch marks? A couple, but they are where all my old ones were...and none in a "noticeable" spot!

Sleep: HORRIBLE...I can not get comfortable, and by the time I do I have to pee, or my leg cramps up, or my arms fall asleep!!

Best moment this week: Taking the leap and going on a vacation, just me and Josh!! It was really hard to leave Lena, I mean it hurt...bad!! But I know she had an amazing time with my parents, and they love love LOVED having her all to themselves! It was really great to see and spend some time with them too!!

Movement: All the time

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Still going through those lovely Braxton Hicks! They actually did an ultrasound at my last appointment to make sure I'm not dialating! Seriously...I have them EVERY DAY...and some of them are so uncomfy I have to stop and catch my breath! It's crazy!!

Belly Button in or out? In, and out!! I think I'm going to have an outie this time!! Esp by the way my belly is growing!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on...for the most part! It was really hot/humid at the beach this weekend and I did swell quite a bit and wasn't able to get them on one day!! Guess that's what I've got to look forward to this summer

What I miss: hmmm...being able to just stand up without it being this big scene! LoL...I wish we had recorded me trying to get up and down in our beach chairs!!

What I am looking forward to: We are buidling a deck, and finally getting started on Parker's room this next month! We've got everything pretty much bought, now it's time to start cracking down on the paint!!

Weekly Wisdom: Remember you are still a "couple", not just parents!! Take that time out to enjoy and reconnect with one another!! It's well worth it, and your baby won't be nearly as upset about your leaving as you are...promise!! :0)

Milestones: This is my last week in the second trimester! Can you believe it?? Josh and I were talking about how fast this pregnancy has flown by this time!! I've got maybe 3 more appointments before I am full term....say what!!??

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Praying for Keegan

It's not very often that a story/person comes along and touches your heart in such a way, that you know they will forever be a part of your life, wether in thought and prayer, or a weekly lunch. I've had the amazing experience of "getting to know" Beth and Mr. Keegan through blogging. I can't remember how I cam across her blog, or if she first read mine, but I can very vividly remember sitting by myself, pregnant, reading their story with tears streaming down my face. I can also remember the blessing felt when there was good news to report on their homefront.

Beth was even so kind to send me a sweet book for Lena a few months back! I have it put away, for fear she will eat and destroy it, in hopes that one day we can sit down together and read this book and I can tell her this amazing story of how it came to be hers.

I'm simply writing this blog to ask you all for prayers for this amazing family. Keegan was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, and after a long battle was doing AMAZING!! This week news hit that he had gone in for his one year MRI and a growth had shown up. I don't have the full details, and won't even attempt to write it all down. I urge you to all visit Beth's blog and learn more about their story:

Karing for Keegan

And to pray for this sweet little boy who has been more of a blessing in my life than he will ever know!

Monday, May 16, 2011

26 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Ugh...I feel HUGE! My belly has really pooched out, and the swelling...plus the added bloating due to that nice pregnancy irregularity has taken it's toll!

Maternity clothes? Yuppers, finally found a bathing suit that doesn't make me want to lock myself inside all summer!!

Stretch marks? A couple, but they are where all my old ones were...and none in a "noticeable" spot!

Sleep: on and off, I'm so sluggish lately that I feel I could sleep all day, but the more I sleep, the worse I feel...

Best moment this week: hmm there are several, but my favorite will have to be our very first yard sale! It was a definite success...and even though it was hard work, it felt like a big adult milestone had just been crossed!! LoL

Movement: All the time

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Still lots of Braxton Hicks. They are soo much more intense this time around too!

Belly Button in or out? In, and out!! I think I'm going to have an outie this time!! Esp by the way my belly is growing!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on

What I miss: Being comfortable...and I still have 3 months to go!!

What I am looking forward to: Some much needed rest and relaxation for me and hubby this weekend! I am having panick attacks at the thought of leaving Lena, and even Josh is dreading it, but I really don't want my first night away from her to be me in the hospital!! Plus she needs that time with the Grandparents, and I know how excited they are to have her all to themselves...even if I will be calling every 5 minutes!

Weekly Wisdom: It's okay to want to sleep and cuddle with your baby! Sometimes you need them just as much as they need you!! :0)

Milestones: hmm does getting a bathing suit help? And I've still kept up a workout routine, even if pregnancy masks all of the hard work!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

25 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: No clue! Not too much, other than the belly!!! :0)

Maternity clothes? Yuppers

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: Depends on how Lena is feeling at night...

Best moment this week: Celebrating my second mother's day!!

Movement: Tons!! He seems to be awak more during the day now!

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott..

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks, and the occasional cramp.

Belly Button in or out? In, but odd looking!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on

What I miss: Right now...laying out! It's completely horrrible and selfish, but ever since I had to have the skin cancer cut out of the neck, all I can think about is getting my tan on!! I know, I said it was horrible!

What I am looking forward to: Some vacation time with my hubby next week, and getting to see my mom and dad!

Weekly Wisdom: I don't think I have any wisdom for you today!!

Milestones: Settling on a nursery

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bit of this, bit of that...Surveys!!

In all the craziness that was this weekend I forgot to do my surveys...so here you go!!

Getting to Know You...hosted by Mannland!!


1. did you watch the royal wedding?

OF COURSE!! I was up at 5:45, just in time to see the car pulling into the church and watch Katherine get out!!

2. tea and crumpets or coffee and a scone?

Tea and scone?? I'm not sure if I've ever had a crumpet, and coffee's not my jive!

3 who's cuter..prince william or prince harry?

hmm! Is it weird that I don't find either to be too attractive?? I like William's style and togetherness, but enjoy Harry's playboy personality!!

4. can you speak in a english accent?

Cheery-o!

5. do you own a fancy hat?

I own hats, dunno about fancy! I need one though! I'm dieing to throw a derby party, but think I will have to wait another year!

6. would you rather live in a castle or an english cottage?

Cottage is my dream home!! With a beautiful garden backyard!! *big sigh*

7. how old were you when prince charles and princess diana got married? were you even born?

I think I was like negative 5 or something! LoL

8. have you found your prince?

Oh yes! Every now and then he turns into a toad, but he always gets back on the right path with a bit of smoochin!!! ;0)





24 Weeks!

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure, but I've done pretty well with keeping a workout routine! And have had to basically cut out soda and tea, for the most part, due to my acid!

Maternity clothes? Yup, but I did wear some prepreggo shorts today with the help of my beband!

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: In intervals! The charlie horses have began...a few hot flashes, not to mention the aching back and basketball sized belly! Could I whine anymore..??

Best moment this week: Buying more stuff for Parker's nurser!!!

Movement: yup! Pretty certain he is still breech!!

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Seeing LOTS of blue! Mr. Parker Scott!!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks, and the occasional cramp.

Belly Button in or out? In, but odd looking!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on

What I miss: hmmm...normal sleep, and a normal mind!! I'm soo sick of arguing with my husband because of my crazy hormones! He's not the most forgiving of my tantrums!

What I am looking forward to: Ugh...getting my hair and eyebrows done next week! I'm starting to look scary!!

Weekly Wisdom: Get up and go...you'll feel better!

Milestones: Settling on a nursery theme and getting the house put back together!!

Bit of this and that....

So this will prove, again, to be a long random blog! Life's ben busy, well actually Lena has been busy, so I tend to just be along for that ride! This week alone I have an important Dr. visit (prayers are welcome) I start a new class (details to come...), and due to a nagging rash on my baby girl it looks like she too will be making a trip to the Dr. **sigh**

We've also been hard at work on our home sweet home! I've discovered that it takes some time to get to know a space before you truly know what you want out of it. For example: In the year and a half we've been here I have changed our bedroom comforter 3 times! Insane, I know, but I just couldn't get the room to vibe like I wanted! Alas, I think I've found the perfect match for us! I also finally framed our diplomas, and several other pictures that have occupied the top of my dresser for about a year! ( I refused to put holes in the wall..again..until I found the right bedding and layout for the room) Our bathroom project of striping is also finally done! That wasn't a headache at all!! ;0) Now we are on to Parker's room!

Here, I have decided, after changing my mind (see a pattern) to do his nursery in antique baseball memorabilia!! I came across a bunch of stuff Joshua had in a trunk, and couldn't resist the urge to use it! I've already bought a ton of stuff from hobby Lobby, and am sooo excited to see how it all comes together! We are even painting and antiqueing Lena's nursery furniture for him!

We then plan to finish the loft into the kids play area, it will also be where we put Lena's toddler bed! We already have her room done, but it has a full, and I don't think she will be ready for that for a while!!

So you see...Busy busy busy!! But fun to see it all finally coming together as well!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

23 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Maybe 4 pounds the entire time!! It's been pretty hot out here, and I've been on my feet...LOTS..chasing Ms. Lena, so I've already dealt with a bit of swelling!

Maternity clothes? Yup, I'm in the department for a cute bathing suit for mine and Josh's vacation!

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: Becoming more difficult. I'm waking up more to pee, or just because I'm uncomfortable, and in the mornings my joints are soo sore and stiff, it takes forever for me to be able to get up and go!

Best moment this week: I enjoyed having Josh home for 3 days this past weekend. It was the first holiday where we had nothing major planned, so we had a lot of family fun and relaxation time!!!

Movement: Oh yes! He is soo strong!

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Seeing LOTS of blue! Mr. Parker Scott!!

Labor Signs: Still Braxton Hicks, and the occasional growing pain.

Belly Button in or out? In, but I think it will be out soon! My belly is rapidly growing...with Lena it stayed in the entire time!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on

What I miss: A "normal" body! My body doesn't seem to take too well to extra hormones streaming around in it. Last time, with Lena, I had a tumor pop up in my right boob, and now I am dealing with some skin cancer issues that my gyno is convinced was brought on by the hormonal changes!! It seems to be something...constantly!

What I am looking forward to: Our vacation, and seeing my parents!

Weekly Wisdom: Nap...ALOT!! :0)

Milestones: Nothing too big!! We are 23 weeks...YAY to the sixth month!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

22 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I've gained about 3 pounds this entire pregnancy!!

Maternity clothes? Yup, just bought some new cute dresses and outfits at Motherhood last week!!

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: hit and miss

Best moment this week: I can now see Parker moving around on the outside!!!

Movement: Oh yes! He is soo strong!

Food cravings: No, not really!!

Gender: Seeing LOTS of blue! Mr. Parker Scott!!

Labor Signs: Just the occasional Braxton Hicks!!

Belly Button in or out? In, but I think it will be out soon! My belly is rapidly growing...with Lena it stayed in the entire time!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on...no more swelling

What I miss: Not going to the Dr constantly!! In the last 2 weeks I've seen 3 different Dr's (for different things) and had about 5 visits total...WHAT!

What I am looking forward to: My parents have offered (actually begged and begged and begged) to keep Lena...alone...with us...without me. So Josh and I are going to let them come here for a weekend while we venture off to the beach! I am soo nervous about this, and excited to spend some much needed one on one time with my husband! And I know that Lena will be in amazing hands...I'm sure we will come back to one ridiculously spoiled baby!! (as if that's not already a problem!)

Weekly Wisdom: Do things you want (ie redoing your bedroom, painting, relaxing) now, because once that babe is here it'll be hard to get things done!!

Milestones: Nothing too new in the baby dept..he is getting stronger, Lena is getting smarter!! We did finally get our master bath done the way I've had it visioned the last year or so!! :0)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Party time!!

This past weekend we traveled home to Bowling Green to celebrate Ms. Lena turning the big ONE!! With a little help from her favorite little red monster, Elmo, I'd say the party was a success!!



Lena making her grand entrance into the party!!



Elmo Cupcake Cake!




Enjoy the cupcakes!!



Cupcake table!



The gift table



Kids table!



FOOD!!



All of the wonderful guests! Lena is pretty loved!



Elmo!!



Lena and Elmo hanging out!



Opening gifts!




Taking in all of her gifts!

Monday, April 11, 2011

21 weeks and a Giveaway...

So I have a LOT to catch you all up on! This weekend we had Ms. Lena's first birthday, and while I would LOVE to do a blog of all things adorable, I am going to wait and save that one for tomorrow!! First make sure you stop by Paige's blog and enter her awesome ring give away...

Live Laugh Love, Orlando..


Now let's get caught up on this weeks survey!! Week 21!! WOWZERS!!

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure! Probably a bit more after all the junk I consumed this weekend at home!! Water and walking will be my best friend this week!!

Maternity clothes? Why yes!

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: Better! We stayed with Josh's Dad and Stepmom this past weekend...and they ever so politely insisted on watching Lena every night! So we got 4 nights of uninterrupted sleep! I hope we don't fight over who gets up tonight! LoL

Best moment this week: Celebrating Lena's birthday, and feeling Mr. Parker getting stronger by the day! I also went on a shopping spree for Parker last week at Janie and Jacks...that place is going to cause us to go broke!

Movement: yes! He reacts more to food and caffeine then Lena did! Maybe it's because I sat around like a beached whale and did nothing but stuff my face for nine months with her...so she was just used to it! LoL

Food cravings: Just one, last night! Josh and I made a "late night" (aka about 8 o'clock) run to GADS! If you aren't from Bowling Green, you won't understand!

Gender: Seeing LOTS of blue! Mr. Parker Scott!!

Labor Signs: Still braxton hicks...and some other odd pains here and there. Hopefully they will be cleared up with the Dr. on Friday!!

Belly Button in or out? In, but it's squishy...weird!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on- although I did have some HORRIBLE swelling this weekend at home. Between being on my feet non stop, and the horrid hot humidity, my rings got stuck on my hand this morning. I got them off, but I lost feeling there in one for a minute!

What I miss: This week, being home...in North Carolina!! I love going to BG to see our family, but I so often take for granted the time I get to spend with my little family alone!!

What I am looking forward to: Getting all of our painting done, ASAP!! And Easter, this will be Lena's First, Second Holiday!! :0)

Weekly Wisdom: Indulge...and enjoy it!

Milestones: You can now see Parker move from the outside, and feel those strong kicks! We are also passed the halfway mark...it's going by sooo fast!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Halfway there!!

I can not believe that today I am exactly halfway through my second pregnancy! This time around seems to just really be flying by! I think having a little one helps this along!! For fun I thought I'd look back at my survey for week 20 with Lena! I didn't start doing them till about 19 weeks...there's was a TON going on around that time, but I do have something to compare with this time around....

When are you due: March 29, 2010 How many weeks: almost 20!!
Was this planned or unplanned: Unplanned
How much weight gained: ?? Does it really matter!!
Is this your first pregnancy?: Yes
Latest food craving: Still wanting that Rafferty's salad, but now I am really looking forward to the Meatloaf I am making for us and our dinner guests tomorrow night!!!!
Your top two name choices or baby's name: Her name is Lena Belle McCombs
Worst Thing about being pregnant: It's always something new, sickness, cravings you can't fix, breakouts, weight gain, moodiness for no reason!!
Best Thing about being pregnant: Knowing I have this amazing gift growing inside of me!!
The first person you told was: Hubby Joshua!! Well after I talked to Allie (our dog)!
Are you more scared or excited: A little nervous about the delivery, but oh so excited!!
Happy or mostly moody: Both!! I'm a rollercoaster!
Last time you cried over something ridiculous was: I really really really needed a Rafferty's salad, and there's not one anywhere near us!! It got to me! lol
You pee an estimated __ times a day?: Oh gosh, TONS! Lena things my bladder is a nice cushioned seat we installed for her comfort!!!
Weirdest dream you've had since pregnant?: Before I knew it was a girl, I dreamed I had a baby girl and she amazingly just started to walk and talk very soon after birth!! Maybe I am a little obsessed with Twilight, but it creeped me out!!
Will you breast feed: Oh of course! It's only natural and there are so many benefits!! I'll never understand why those that can, won't!!
Words of wisdom : No matter how much you plan and prepare, life will still get you with it's curve balls!!


While the two seem so consistent on paper...I can honestly say this pregnancy has been oh so different!! I have WAAY more energy this time around then I did with Lena, and the sickness did not last nearly as long. I also haven't had any horrible food aversions like I did with chicken the first time around. I also had this INSANE sense of smell! I could not even stand to be near my dog, or my husband after he got home from work, or had been out in the yard all day...bleck!!

I also find myself feeling somewhat guilty this time. I don't sit around and daydream like I did with Lena. Not because I don't care or love Parker as much, but I just don't simply have the time. With Lena I didn't work, didn't have kids, so I just layed around all day thinking about what was to come. Lena keeps me pretty well on my toes these days!!

I also don't have the self image issues I had the first time. I think you just get used to it, plus I am carrying Parker so differently, and haven't gained any weight...yet! Lena seemed to make my hips spread out like a big ole balloon, Parker seems to just be nestled contently in my tummy area. Josh tells me constantly that I don't even look preggo till I turn sideways!! Because of this I can still fit into most of my Prepreggo jeans. I usually opt for the maternity just for comfort, but it's nice to know I have options!! ;0)

I am just as moody this time around. After 8-9 hours of chasing Lena, picking her up, calming her down, cleaning the house, yelling at the dog...etc etc I am just at my limit! Not to mention our sleeping still isn't the best (Did I mention Lena has 4 molars almost completely in now) She is also getting to the stage where she's cut a nap out and now only tends to take one....if I'm that lucky!! While I'm not complaining about having to care for her, I will say that it's a lot harder with a growing tummy, and a constant aching back! I have my moments where all I want is to sit down in a quiet room!! The up side, she is growing up and becoming more independent. So my attention isn't needed for EVERYTHING...ie playing, sometimes feeding...etc!!

I haven't had any crazy dreams either! My dad did call to say he had one the other night about Parker hanging off the balcony in their living room, and refusing to get down. He might be a handful!!

One thing is for sure...I am CRAZY excited! I'm soo curious to see if he will be/look like Lena, or if the two will be complete opposites. Lena is such this perfect little combination of both Josh and I, hopefully for Josh's sake Parker will have many of his attributes!! :0)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Getting to know you...

Presented by...
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1. do you weigh yourself?
Nope-with the exception of the doctors office!! I think it's more about how you feel you look than the numbers on the scale!! If I don't mind to see myself naked in a mirror...then I'm happy!! :0)

2. what's the nastiest thing you've ever eaten?
Not sure! Most of my family thinks I'm crazy for my sushi addiction!! (note I don't eat it preggo)

3. snail mail or email?
Snail!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting mail in the mailbox! Makes you feel special...except for bills!!

4. do you have any irrational fears...what are they?
a TON!! I keep our alarm system on at all times for fear someone will break in...I'm terrified of Lena falling, choking, etc!! Basically I'm a walking ball of nerves!

5. do you play an instrument?
A little piano, but I love to sing! Does the voice count?

6. would you rather be bitten by a snake or attacked by a bear?
Oh neither! Snakes terrify me! But if I had to choose I guess I'd pick a snake! Better chance of survival there...

7. do you ever go braless in public?
I went through a very short phase after highschool, when the girls still stood upright, where I didn't wear a bra...just pastys!! Granted I didn't have much of a need for a bra then either!!

8. today i am thankful for........................?
Life in general!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

20 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: At my visit this past week I had a one pound gain, but we will chalk it up to water weight!! ;0)

Maternity clothes? Yes please! I still fit in my jeans, but my "girls" make the shirts waay too tight!!

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: Better...still waking up frequently to change positions!

Best moment this week: Joshua felt Parker move!!

Movement: Plenty of it!

Food cravings: They have pretty much been gone this week...hmm!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott....looks like my first insticts were right on

Labor Signs: Already ahving plenty of Braxton Hicks!! They startled me at first, but after talking to many other moms it seems pretty normal to feel them early and more frequently with your subsequent pregnancies!!

Belly Button in or out? In, but it's squishy...weird!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on!

What I miss: My husband! He's been working crazy hard the last couple of weeks and three weekends in a row! We are ready to see him more often then bed time!!

What I am looking forward to: Going home for Lena's bday party this week!!

Weekly Wisdom: Don't feel bad about taking time out for yourself! You need it!!

Milestones: Parker is pretty set on clothes until the six month mark!! Plus I truly look preggo now...not just chubby wubby in some areas!! :0)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Has it been a year??

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Lena's very first picture! Cute from the get go!

Taken right after birth!


More hospital pics!! Diva from the start!! ;0)


First Doctor's visit!!

First Mother's Day!!!


First trip home to Bowling Green!

First fourth of July!! Isn't she a stinker!!

First time swimming!!


First Father's Day




First vacation...to the Smokies with Gammie and Pappy!!


One amazing first summer!!!




First fall/ Halloween!!!





First Christmas...and the announcement of baby bro to be!!! Not to mention her first word...MAMA!!


With her first spring brought..Her first Valentines...and the beginning of walking!!








Which leads us to the present!! A little girl who is now One Year Old! Can you believe it!?? Me either!! At one year Ms. Lena can walk, attempt a run, sing, dance, talks all the time (we don't always understand it) is a complete Mommy's girl, but I am sure that will change, loves tv and getting into the cabinets, can play for hours on end, is obsessed with all things Elmo, enjoys and egg for breakfast and the occasional yogurt, sleeps in her crib all night, could take baths constantly, is trying really hard to drink out of regular glasses, loves talking on the phone...to anyone, and is her Mommy and Daddy's sunshine!

We love you Lena Belle!! You have made our lives more beautiful just by being in it! Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

19 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Still breaking even!! Which I am convinced means I have lost weight in some areas!! :0)

Maternity clothes? Yes please! I still fit in my jeans, but my "girl" make the shirts waay too tight!!

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: I've been having some horrible ligament pains at night...causing sleep to be uncomfy!

Best moment this week: I bought some little outfits for Mr. Parker!!

Movement: oh yes! I;ve even felt him roll over a couple of times...atleast I'm assuming that's what it was!

Food cravings: Eggs, PbandJ and water!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott....looks like my first insticts were right on

Labor Signs: No, thank the good Lord!

Belly Button in or out? In, but it's squishy...weird!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on!

What I miss: Pretty content right now!

What I am looking forward to: Getting the new nursery set up, and Lena's birthday!!

Weekly Wisdom: Just because you have energy, doesn't mean you should run at full speed ahead!!

Milestones: Nothing extreme...bought some baby clothes, a bit of paint, and some party decor for Ms. Lena!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Getting to Know You!

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1. what inspires you?
Lena Belle and our baby boy to be Parker! Everyday having kids inspires me to be a better person!

2. what was the last thing you bought yourself?
Maternity clothes!! Yippee!!!

3. would you rather watch a movie in a theater or from the comfort of your own home?
Home!! Esp. being pregnant! It's nice to hit pause to get up and pee!! It's also amazing to be in your pjs!

4. household chore you don't mind doing?
hmmm...I hate doing house work!! But I don't really mind making the beds! It's amazing how much cleaner the room feels with the beds made.

5. coffee or tea?
tea! Sweet tea to be exact...yum!

6. what could you eat every day and not get sick of??
Panera's Greek Salad! Now I'm craving a tea and salad..thank yoU!

7. what's the last book you read?
I'm reading Babyproofing your marriage, again, right now!! But the last full one read was Eclipse...for the 3rd time!

8. do you think you look you "look" your age?
yup, if not older! LoL after we had Lena we went for our pics, and the girl there woudl not stop hitting on Josh. Even making the comment as to how young he looked to be a dad. I just laughed and said I must look ancient...Josh said I was just a cougar! bahaha

Monday, March 21, 2011

18 Weeks!

Total weight gain/loss: No gain!! :0)

Maternity clothes? Yeppers! I still fit into some of my prepreggo jeans though! And the shirts fit, they are just tight around my belly and the girls!

Stretch marks? No new ones! Yet!

Sleep: hit and miss!

Best moment this week: Finding out we were having a baby boy!!

Movement: oh yes! I;ve even felt him roll over a couple of times...atleast I'm assuming that's what it was!

Food cravings: Water...it's not food, but I can't get enough!!

Gender: Baby Boy! Parker Scott....looks like my first insticts were right on

Labor Signs: No, thank the good Lord!

Belly Button in or out? In, but it's squishy...weird!

Wedding rings on or off? Both on!

What I miss: Enjoying a coca cola without heartburn or acid!

What I am looking forward to: Getting the new nursery set up!!

Weekly Wisdom: Slow down, relax, and take note of the current moments!

Milestones: Finding out that we would be meeting Mr. Parker in Aug was a HUGE milestone!! Now we are working with getting Lena to say his name!! :0)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Getting to Know You!

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1. if you won the title of miss america, what would your platform be?
The Arts in Schools! With soo many budget cuts it's the first thing to go! But it's the one thing that always live from culture to culture!!

2. outdoorsy or indoorsy?
Depends on the weather! When it's nice, warm, and sunny....I love to be outside. But give me cold, rainy, or a snow day and I am all about curling up to a good movie!!

3. pajama's out in public..classy or tres tacky?
TACKY!!! Put some cloths on peeps!

4. what's your favorite room in your house?
My bedroom! We just got a new comforter, curtains, pillows for the couch and it's amazing!!

5. nook, kindle, or book?
Book! Nothing like the smell of a book!!

6. would you rather wear the same outfit for a week or not brush your teeth for a week?
Do I have to pick?? I guess since mouthwash and gum wasn't cut out, I'd go for not brushing my teeth!! PLus I have a baby...talk about being stinky after a day of same clothing! Eww

7. what's your favorite blog at the moment?
The Polka Dot Poodle...it's more of an online store of sorts, but I LOVE the products!

8. lately i've been daydreaming about.........?
Mr. Parker Scott!! I can not wait to meet him and have him as a part of our daily lives!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's A.....

BOY!!! Parker Scott...to be exact!!


Sucking his little thumb!!


Thumbs up!!

And by the looks of it, he's already as adorable and entertaining as Ms. Lena!!